The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), which is based at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct, is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading life sciences research institutes.

Established in 2000 as UQ’s first research institute, IMB is a multidisciplinary scientific research institute committed to improving quality of life through research.

IMB’s 460 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff work in partnership with their academic, industry and clinical colleagues around the world to advance knowledge in areas including pain, rare diseases, inflammation and superbug infection.

Our mission is to drive the bioeconomy and to create better health. 

Our vision is to be a life sciences institute with a global impact.

IMB scientists conduct research across these priority areas in three major research divisions:

By investigating how we grow and develop at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ levels, IMB researchers can better understand the development processes and pathways involved in human and animal health and disease.

The institute also has the technical capacity to translate its new knowledge into drugs, diagnostics and technologies to more effectively prevent, detect and treat disease; and pursue opportunities in a range of biotechnology applications for health, industry and the environment.

The Institute's research outcomes are protected and commercialised by the University-owned technology transfer group UniQuest.

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2014 snapshot

Approximately $56M annual total income $5 delivered to the community for every $1 invested by the Queensland Government 459 researchers, postgrad students and support staff 35 group leaders ...

Advisory Board

The IMB Advisory board is chaired by an independent person, and comprises external and university members. The Board provides guidance on the successful operation of the institute as a world class research organisation, with respect to its research, commercialisation and engagement activities.

Equity and Diversity at IMB

IMB is dedicated to promoting equity and diversity across all sectors and levels of the institute. The IMB Equity and Diversity Committee is responsible for promoting and enacting this ethos.

Translation Sub-Committee

The IMB Translation Sub-Committee assists the institute in the early stages of translating its discoveries into therapeutics and diagnostics, and applications for industry.

Major supporters

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Work with us

With researchers, support staff and students from more than 40 countries around the world, our people form a diverse and talented team working to build a healthier and more prosperous future for our community.


IMBís leadership team moves the Institute forward by ensuring all strategic initiatives are supported with the energy, knowledge and resources needed to make them a success.

Joint appointments, affiliates, adjuncts and honorary appointments

Joint appointments and affiliates foster research collaborations between IMB and other institutes and schools at UQ and around the world.

Organisational chart

IMBís organisational structure is designed to ensure its people and their work reflects the highest level of corporate governance and leadership.

Annual reports

IMB's annual reports provide a comprehensive overview of the research efforts and achievements of our staff and students.

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